Staten Island Hibernians Welcome Four New Brothers

(l-r) New Hibernians Martin Fleishman, Wayne Sommers, Michael King and John McDonald

Four new Brother Hibernians were initiated into the Order at the June 11th meeting of St. Columcille Division #4, Richmond County. The candidates were sworn into the Order by President Thomas F. Gray, and the initiation ceremony was witnessed by Brother Martin Crimmins, New York District 5 Director.

The Division bid a heart cead mile failte to new Brothers Martin Fleishman, Wayne Sommers, Michael King and John McDonald. Each newly-initiated Brother was presented with copies of a short history of the AOH, a lapel pin of the Emblem of the Order, and a document describing the meaning of the AOH Emblem by Brother Denis P. McGowan, Richmond County Board Recording Secretary.

The June Division meeting was well attended by over 40 Brothers, and we were delighted to have Br. Michael Hannon, CFC, Assistant Chaplain and faculty member of Msgr. Farrell High School, who led us in the Division’s opening and closing prayers.

The Irish history lesson being delivered by Brother Denis P. McGowan

The Division received a lecture on Irish history on the Molly Maguires of Pennsylvania from Brother McGowan, and the fight against injustice, brutal working conditions and their framing by a Pinkerton detective who was an agent provocateur or agitator. The Pinkerton detective led these Irish Catholic men to become victims of brutal retaliation from the rich mine owners’ private police force and the corrupt county prosecutor. Innocent Brother Hibernians were wrongfully convicted and hanged because of the false testimony of the Pinkerton detective. Over a century later, the Governor of the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pardoned all of these Irishmen, recognizing their innocence and the travesty of justice that had occurred.

St. Columcille Division # 4 meets every second Monday at the Staten Island Elks Lodge No. 841 at 8:00 pm. The Division was established on April 3, 1970 by Brother Philip McCusker and Brother William J. Bartnett, and currently has over 196 Brothers. Several Division # 4 Brothers also serve on the Richmond County Board as officers. The Division is very involved with the Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the Staten Ireland Irish Fair, the Columcille Irish Cultural Center and the AOH CuChulainn Celtic Warrior Major Degree Team.

News item submitted by Brother Denis P. McGowan; photos submitted by Brother Denis P. McGowan and Brother Kevin Mannion

Staten Island Hibernians Welcome New Brother

A new Brother Hibernian was initiated into the Order at the April 9th meeting of St. Columcille Division #4, Richmond County.  The candidate was sworn into the Order by President Thomas F. Gray, and the initiation ceremony was witnessed by Brother Martin Crimmins, New York District 5 Director, and Brother Gerald Mulvaney, Richmond County Board President.

New Staten Island, Division 4 Hibernian, Brother Raymond Henderson in center in the photograph above

The Division bid a hearty cead mile failte to new Brother Raymond Henderson, who is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and is a union official of the Seafarers International Union AFL-CIO.

The newly-initiated Brother was presented with copies of a short history of the AOH, a lapel pin of the Emblem of the Order, and a document describing the meaning of the AOH Emblem by Brother Denis P. McGowan, Richmond County Board Recording Secretary.

The April Division meeting was attended by over 50 Brothers, and meets every second Monday at the Staten Island Elks Lodge No. 841 at 8:00 pm. The Division was established on April 3, 1970 by Brother Philip McCusker and Brother William J. Bartnett, and currently has over 190 members. Several Division # 4 Brothers also serve on the Richmond County Board as officers. The Division is very involved with the Staten Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the Staten Ireland Irish Fair, the Columcille Irish Cultural Center and the AOH CuChulainn Celtic Warrior Major Degree Team.

Photos provided by Brother Denis P. McGowan 

19th Annual Staten Ireland Irish Fair

 

A two-day celebration of Irish culture, music and heritage, with live traditional music, pipe and drum bands, food and games and activities for the wee people (our beloved children). Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, Thanks to the over 6,000 friends who joined in the fun last year. Our annual Irish gathering continues to grow and becomes more successful each time we get together. Our committee of volunteers have been expanding and bringing new energetic ideas to the front lines.

There is something for everyone at our festival with local & international artists playing traditional Irish & pub music live on 2 stages, The Tinker’s Shopping Village, a vast array of refreshments and the Traditional Sunday Catholic Mass. It looks like this year is lining up to be our biggest and best yet.

Local Irish dance schools, such as Mrs. Rosemary’s & Forest Haven Center For Dance, will be on hand to do some jigs and reels for the crowds.

We have Traditional Bagpipe bands featuring our local favorites The Richmond County Pipes & Drums and The Staten Island Pipes & Drums along with many others.

Our lovely Fair Hostess Fiona Molloy, a minstrel girl in her own right, will be introducing some of the hottest Irish music performers from all over the globe.

Click on the Entertainers and Schedule tabs to see who is playing and when.

Land of Leprechauns is a play center for the wee ones. Entry to Land of Leprechauns requires an additional charge at admission.

The Tinker’s Shopping Village always has a great array of Irish imports and Irish themed gifts.

We also have some of the best festival food on the East Coast, with local vendors and some traveling from NYC, Jersey Shore and Hunter Mountain.

​Please note that pets are NOT permitted on the festival grounds.

​We welcome all Staten Island Schools and local Not for Profit Organizations that wish to partner with us for the Fair.

$15.00 Admission (Children under 12 Free).  Groups of 20 or more – please email in advance, for special pricing offers.

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, become a vendor, be an Irish Fair Corporate Sponsor or want more information on anything above please email: statenirelandfair@yahoo.com

19th Annual Staten Ireland Irish Fair

The Staten Ireland (Island) Fair is a two-day celebration of Irish culture, music and heritage, with live traditional music, pipe and drum bands, food and games and activities for the wee people (our beloved children). Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, Thanks to the over 6,000 friends who joined in the fun last year. Our annual Irish gathering continues to grow and becomes more successful each time we get together. Our committee of volunteers have been expanding and bringing new energetic ideas to the front lines.

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AOH Richmond County Board – The 17th Annual “Staten Ireland” Irish Fair

 

 

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Thanks to the over 6,000 friends who joined in the fun last year. Our annual Irish gathering continues to grow and becomes more successful each time we get together. Our committee of volunteers have been expanding and bringing new energetic ideas to the front lines.

17th Annual Staten Ireland Fair
In Memory of 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War and the Irish who gave their lives
Saturday and Sunday
June 13 & 14 – 2015

On the grounds of the Staten Island Boys Football League
(Travis Ave at the corner of South Ave)
Gates Open: Noon thru 7:30pm

There is something for everyone at our festival with local & international artists playing traditional Irish & pub music live on 2 stages, The Tinker’s Shopping Village, a vast array of refreshments and the Traditional Sunday Catholic Mass. It looks like this year is lining up to be our biggest and best yet.

Local Irish dance schools, such as Miss Rosemary’s and Daniels Irish Dance, will be on hand to do many jigs and reels for the crowds.

We are having Traditional Bagpipe bands featuring our local favorites The Richmond County Pipes & Drums and The Staten Island Pipes & Drums and many others.

Our lovely Fair Hostesses, Erin Gray & Fiona Molloy, a minstrel girl in her own right, will be introducing you to some of the hottest Irish music performers from all over the globe.

​This year we are thrilled to have the Oceanic Volunteer Fire Department on hand showing off some of their trucks. Find out how you can become a volunteer!

Land of Leprechauns is a play center for the wee ones. Entry to Land of Leprechauns requires an additional charge at admission.

The Tinker’s Shopping Village is our great array of hand selected Irish imports and Irish themed gifts.

We also have some of the best festival food on the East Coast, with local vendors and some traveling from NYC, Jersey Shore and Hunter Mountain.

Bring your AOH/LAOH Travel card for a special discount at the gate.

We welcome all Staten Island Schools and local Not for Profit Organizations that wish to partner with us for the Fair.

Groups of 20 or more – please email in advance.

If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, become a vendor, be an Irish Fair Corporate Sponsor or want more information on anything above please email: statenirelandfair@yahoo.com